A client of mine wants a new smartphone, and she specifically gave this brief:
- No BlackBerry
- No large sized device or display
- No touchscreen
Sigh. I knew immediately that this was going to be a tough one. No major manufacturer produces any smartphones without a touchscreen any more. Even when a QWERTY keyboard is present, a touchscreen is in the picture too. The Nokia Asha and Samsung Ch@t range of phones are there, but they are not smartphones. Nokia’s Asha 302 packs a 1GHz processor, WiFi and HSDPA mobile internet, but lacks the multitasking that my client is used to. To put it mildly, she is beyond feature phones. She would get frustrated on a non-smartphone.
If she really wants to stick to the above brief, she might have to settle for a Nokia E72, if that can still be found in the market. It is a 2009 smartphone that runs the dinosaur Symbian S60 v3.2. I am thinking that I will wither and die using such a phone today. I am betting that she just might too.
I keep saying that there is a segment of the market that are not into the touchscreen thing. I have a handful of clients who have tried out touchscreen phones and decided that they do not want any such devices. Sadly, no-one seems interested in catering to this class of consumers.
In the meantime, any ideas? Are there any capable modern smartphones that meet the above criteria? I might have missed something.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.